Should I Hire A Development Shop Or An Individual Developer?
You have your idea, some cash, and you’re ready to get your prototype built. You’ve heard that developers are hard to find but you’re ready to find the right person for the job. Your best friend told you to hire a development shop and your business associate recommends going with an individual freelance developer.
What’s the difference between a development shop and an individual developer? Which one is better?
An individual developer is a freelance developer who generally works alone. They run their own freelance development business and either freelance full time, or outside their day job.
- Less expensive: An individual developer will usually cost less than a development shop. For example, developers on matchist charge anywhere from $50/hr to $150/hr. A development shop will often charge at least $100-$125/hr.
- More attention to your idea: When you’re dealing with just one person who has a smaller total amount of projects going on, they often give more attention to your project and your idea.
- Limited resources: An individual developer is often really good at a specific area of development (ie, backend developer, frontend developer) and not as knowledgeable in other areas.
A development shop is a firm comprised of a team of people that usually includes developers, designers and project managers. Development shops often have a variety of each type of person, including frontend developers, backend developers, web designers, UX designers, and project managers that specialize in various types of projects.
- Existing processes in place: Development shops often have existing processes in place that make the experience more seamless for you. They probably have a streamlined way of learning about your project, interacting with their designers and developers, and regular communication checkins with their project managers. This makes your overall experience more efficient and always keeps you in the know as to the status of your project.
- More resources: A development shop usually has a variety of frontend developers, backend developers, web designers, UX designers, and project managers readily available to work on your project. This results in more of a “one stop shop” for you, instead of having to cobble together the various types of people you need to work on your site or app.
- Variety of experience: The portfolio of a development shop is often quite varied, as they often get the chance to work all sorts of sites and apps. Chances are they have the specific experience and knowledge needed for your project.
- More expensive: Development shops are traditionally more expensive than an individual developer because they have more overhead, like an office, more employees to pay, etc.
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